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By Foot & Ankle Institute
July 31, 2018
Category: Foot Procedures

You only have two feet. They keep you standing, walking, dancing, playing sports, and more. The American College of Foot and Ankle foot and ankle surgerySurgeons says that when you can't do these activities well, see your podiatrist. At the Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, your skilled podiatrists perform surgeries to bring feet and ankles back to normal. Learn why Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Manish Patel, and Dr. Asia Lo would perform in-office or in-hospital procedures on your lower extremities.

Reasons for foot and ankle surgery in West Houston

Your feet and ankles are complex structures. One foot alone has a total of 26 bones, not to mention blood vessels, skin, connective tissue, and nerves. Really, your feet are much more than just ten toes you cover with shoes and socks!

Problems with your feet and ankles not only impact mobility, circulation, and systemic health, but they harm psychological well-being, too.

As such, your West Houston podiatrists urge you to come to the Foot and Ankle Institute for routine foot exams and if you are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Changes in skin color
  • Blistering, flaking, itching, or other skin symptoms which persist beyond two weeks
  • Changes in gait, range of motion, or mobility
  • Swelling
  • Ankle instability
  • Infection (such as swelling, redness, and pus)

Also, if you sustain a blow to your foot or ankle, get a serious laceration, or suspect a sprain or fracture, call the office right away for an evaluation.

While your foot doctor pursues the least invasive treatments possible for many foot and ankle conditions, sometimes a foot operation in the West Houston office or in the hospital is warranted. Here are some conditions which may require surgical intervention:

  • Plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition of the broad connective tissue between the heel and toes
  • Heel spurs, small bony projections off the front of the calcaneus, or heel bone
  • Trauma to the foot or ankle--fractures, sprains, lacerations, puncture wounds
  • Diabetic wounds
  • Joint replacement (due to arthritis)
  • Ankle stabilization
  • Bunions (removal of a bony, painful bump at the base of the big toe)
  • Arthritis (arthroscopy visualizes the interior of joints and may remove torn connective tissue, bone fragments, and more)
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Neuromas (pinched nerves)
  • Clubfeet
  • High arches
  • Flat feet

Do you need surgery or can it be treated without surgery?

Only a complete examination, X-rays and other imaging at the Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, TX, can tell. Please call the office today for a consultation with Dr. Lo, Dr. Patel or Dr. Mendicino. They are fully qualified to render the treatment you need and to get you moving well again. Phone (281) 531-4100.

With so many bones, connective tissues and moving parts, foot and ankle injuries can happen suddenly and have serious consequences. In some cases, your podiatrist may recommend foot or ankle surgery to correct the problem. Find out which injuries are solved with foot and ankle surgery with your doctor at Foot and Ankle Institute in Houston, TX.Foot and Ankle Surgery

What is a podiatrist? 
A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the foot and ankle. This specialization makes a podiatrist your best source for foot and ankle-related medical care. Podiatrists often further specialize in sports medicine, pediatric care, diabetic care and surgery. Podiatrists earn the title of DPM, or Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.

Common Injuries Solved with Foot and Ankle Surgery:

  • Chronic Ankle Instability: This condition usually occurs after one or more ankle sprains. The ligament or connective tissue in the ankle heals incorrectly and becomes loosened, causing instability in the ankle and its joint which often leads to further injury.
  • Bunions: Bunions are a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. This growth causes the big toe to grow toward the smaller toes, causing the toes to overlap and the foot to deform.
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture: Achilles tendon ruptures occur when the Achilles tendon ruptures. This condition usually occurs due to trauma to the tendon and requires surgery to correct it.
  • Fractures: Fractures occur due to trauma to the bone. A fracture may require ankle surgery to ensure the bones heal correctly.

Foot and Ankle Surgery in Houston, TX

Foot and ankle examinations usually involve a physical examination and, if necessary, imaging techniques like MRIs or x-rays. These help your doctor see the bones, ligaments, muscles and other connective tissues inside of your foot and ankle to diagnose your injury. Some foot and ankle injuries simply require ample rest of the area in question to promote the body’s natural healing process. Injection therapy, physical therapy or even shockwave therapy may also help correct foot and ankle problems. However, some cases require foot and ankle surgery. Your podiatrist can help you determine if surgery is the best course of treatment for your injury.

For more information on foot and ankle surgery, please contact Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo and Dr. Manish Patel at the Foot and Ankle Institute in Houston, TX. Call (281) 531-4100 or visit to schedule your foot and ankle examination today!

By Foot & Ankle Institute
May 26, 2016
Category: Podiatry Services

Between the Paleo Diet and the barefoot running craze that had everyone from running coaches to suburban dads ditching their sneakers for a "natural" running experience, it seems there has never been a better time to embrace our inner cave person and ditch the footwear. Or so popular culture would have us believe. And while nothing can beat the sensation of soft, warm sand or fresh grass Foot and Ankle between the toes, kicking off the shoes and going barefoot outside also comes with an increased risk of injuries.

Foot and Ankle Health in West Houston

Nothing will ruin a fun summer day quite like an injury that ends in a trip to the doctor. Every year, the podiatrists at the West Houston, TX-based Foot and Ankle Institute treat patients for a number of injuries that can be acquired from walking outside in bare feet, including:

  • Fractures and sprains
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Puncture wounds
  • Crush wounds
  • Infections

People with certain underlying health conditions like diabetes, cancer, vascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis are at an even greater risk for potentially serious health complications from injuries to the feet. Even something as basic as a ruptured blister or callous can have trouble healing, or become infected for a diabetic patient.

Keep Your Feet - and Your Doctor - Happy

With a few simple precautions, many of the most common foot and ankle injuries can be prevented. Although kicking the shoes off and running free can feel liberating, shoes should always be worn outside to avoid stepping on broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects that can cause cuts and infections. Running or walking barefoot on hard surfaces like concrete can also increase the risk of sprains and fractures. Keeping the feet clean and dry is also important to help prevent infections and other complications.

Find a Foot Doctor in West Houston

Persistent pain can be a sign of an injury. For more information on prevention and treatment for foot and ankle pain and injuries, contact Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Sam Mendicino or Dr. Manish Patel at the Foot & Ankle Institute by calling 281-531-4100 to schedule an appointment today.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
December 23, 2015
Category: Podiatry Services

Wondering if surgery is the best solution to your foot or ankle problem? Luckily, today's innovative surgical techniques offer improved outcomes with less down time and pain. West Houston Podiatrists Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino and Dr. Manish Patel share a few questions that you should ask your doctor before you make a decision.Surgery

Why do I need the surgery?

Before you agree to any type of procedure, it's important to understand why you need surgery. Ask your doctor to explain how the procedure will help your condition. For example, if you have Achilles Tendinitis that hasn't responded to more conservative treatment methods, surgery may help reduce pain and improve function.

Are there other options?

Surgery isn't the only solution to every foot and ankle problem. Sometimes, it may be worth it to try other types of treatments first. Ask your foot doctor to explain all of the available treatment options and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each type.

What happens if I don't have surgery?

It's important to understand what will happen if you don't have surgery or choose to delay surgery. When you have a foot or ankle condition, failing to undergo surgery may affect your mobility. Understanding all of the consequences will help you make your decision.

What is the recovery period like?

With today's surgical techniques, you may be surprised at just how uncomplicated recovery from surgery can be. Ask your doctor to explain how long it will take until you'll be back on your feet, what type of care you'll need after surgery, the level of pain you can expect, and what kind of medication you may need to manage pain.

Interested in learning about treatment options, including surgery, for your foot or ankle problem? Call West Houston Podiatrists Dr. Asia Lo, Dr. Samuel Mendicino and Dr. Manish Patel at (281) 531-4100. Thanks to today's surgical options, there's no reason to suffer from foot and ankle pain any longer.

By Foot & Ankle Institute
May 12, 2015
Category: Podiatry Services

Whether your foot and ankle surgery at Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston is routine or complex, you will want to be well prepared. Not only will you need to ready yourself for the surgery, but you will need time to recover after the surgery as well. Here are a few ways to prepare.

1. Stop Smoking: If you smoke currently, now is a great time to stop. Smoking can increase your chances of complications, so quit well in Foot Surgeryadvance for best results.

2. Review Your Medications With Your Doctor: Before your surgery, be sure to speak to your doctor about all of the medications, supplements and herbal remedies you take as some may cause complications and unnecessary risks. Your doctor will advise you on alternatives, if necessary.

3. Make Arrangements With Work and Disability: People who undergo foot and ankle surgery generally require weeks or even months to recover before they are ready to easily get around West Houston again. Be sure to make arrangements with work and disability ahead of time for the least amount of disruption possible. Obtain a DMV temporary disabled parking placard if needed.

4. Shower: You will want to be very clean to reduce your chances of infection.

5. Fast Per Your Doctor's Directions: You probably will not be allowed to eat or drink anything prior to your surgery. Talk to your doctor to find out exactly when you need to stop eating and drinking.

6. Prepare Your House: Getting around your house will be difficult after surgery, so you will want everything to be as accessible as possible. Create a small command station for yourself with everything you need nearby so you won't have to get up any more than needed.

7. Stock Up on Meals: Standing up and cooking will be one of the last things you'll want to do after your surgery. Prepare in advance by cooking and freezing extra meals or by buying frozen meals you can heat up quickly and easily.

8. Bring in Help: No matter how much you prepare before your surgery, there will still be a number of things you'll need help with, including driving to your doctors appointments in West Houston. Line up a few local friends and family members who will be able to come over and help you out after your foot and ankle surgery. You'll be glad you did.

The more you can prepare for your upcoming foot and ankle surgery at Foot & Ankle Institute in West Houston, the better. These eight tips should get you off to a great start!

If you have foot or ankle problems and want to see if you are a candidate for surgical correction or conservative treatment, please make an appointment with the Foot and Ankle Institute to see Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo, or Dr. Manish Patel. Our office number is 281-531-4100 or book your appointment online at